In My Humble Opinion

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Forestburgh Playhouse resident company members entertained the crowd during the Gala in the Garden fundraiser last weekend.

Be our guest!

As a general rule, working on the weekend is okay, I suppose, but every once in a while, it’s inconvenient.

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One lucky fan had a hands-on experience with singer Chris Lane during the ‘Smooth Tour’ opener’s performance at Bethel Woods last Thursday.

Many hands make light work

I had difficulty determining whether that phrase is an idiom or a proverb, but since an idiom can “often be misunderstood from the meanings of its individual words,” while a proverb is a “short popular saying expressing belief that is generally thought to be true” ( I’m going with proverb.

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The Forestburgh Playhouse production of ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ is a colorful, candy-coated time machine destination, adding to my ‘60’s themed weekend.

I’m not dead yet…

And if running around at breakneck speed last week didn’t kill me, nothing will. “You do it to yourself,” my shrink said. “Nobody is holding a gun to your head.” She’s right of course, I’m just not sure that I know how to do it any other way.

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Johanna Spoerri opened Callicoon’s Gallery 35 in July and is “honored to know so many talented artists whose work graces the walls.”

Goodbye, July!

Wow, man. Between the never-ending rain and the plethora of events in the Upper Delaware River region, July has come and gone.

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Depicting the real-life 1899 newspaper boys’ strike, Disney’s “Newsies” is currently playing at the Forestburgh Playhouse.

Where everybody knows your name…

The lyrics from that old television theme song often pop into my head as I make my way from town to town in search of leisure-time entertainment, in the hopes that by sharing my thoughts (aka “humble” opinion) on all that I see, I can encourage you to get out there and support the arts.

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Sharing that her daddy is a drunk who got sober and married a girl not much older than herself, country crooner Lauren Alaina engaged the crowd with southern charm at Bethel Woods last Thursday.

The hills are alive

Yes, the sound of music fills the air throughout the Upper Delaware River region all year long, but especially during the summer, thanks (in part) to the Pavilion concert season at Bethel Woods. Don’t get me wrong, I love checking out the local music scene and really enjoy the wide variety of entertainment that our home-grown bands provide.

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A performance by the Catskill Dance Company opened the 20th anniversary party at the NACL Theatre in Highland lake last Saturday.

Happy anniversary!

Admittedly, I have more than a few miles under my belt at this stage in life, but it is milestones of a different sort that have cropped up over the last few days.

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Not everyone was sitting on the lawn as Yasgur entertained during the inaugural Lakeside Music Series concert held in Gazebo Park by the shores of Kauneonga Lake, NY. Dancing is fully encouraged.

Beautiful Bethel!

There are literally more than 50 towns, villages and hamlets that we at The River Reporter write about as we traverse the Upper Delaware River region in search of stories that continue our 40-plus-year tradition of award-winning coverage, delivering all the news that’s fit to print in your neck of the woods.

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With expanded roles in the stage production of “Funny Girl,” now playing at the Forestburgh Playhouse, Lee Cohen and Melodie Wolford (as Eddie and Mrs. Brice) are a delightful departure from the film version.

My life’s a musical comedy

A long time ago (aka the 1970s) in a galaxy far, far away, I was a professional actor, which proved to be a decent training ground for my career as a theatre critic, among other dubious achievements.

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Even in the portraits on the wall, something is afoot  in the Forestburgh Playhouse production of “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.”

No time like the present

Regardless of how frequently I remind myself to stop and smell the roses, more often than not they bloom while I am racing past them at lightning speed, on my way to a play, a concert, a gallery and a street fair.



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